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Justin and Candy

Pet dogPAPAS received a call from Justin, he was suffering from a very rare and complex form of cancer and had been referred to PAPAS by his MacMillan nurse. He required urgent treatment and an operation for his cancer, which had been delayed because he was unable to find someone to care for Candy – his cherished, elderly and "sometimes incontinent" crossbreed.

Justin was expecting a stay at Christie’s hospital for 3 months, maybe longer. The kennels were no longer an option or suitable environment for this elderly girl, who was in the Autumn of her Life, as a harsh northern winter had begun to set in.

Our volunteer, Rachael, offered to foster care for Candy until Justin could be reunited with her, and collected her from the kennels immediately. Taking her to the warmth and shelter of her own home with her resident pets. It was such a relief for Justin to know Candy was now safe in Rachael's care, in a warm and loving home and he could now focus on getting the necessary treatment, building himself up for his pending operation and no longer worry about Candy.

Candy, settled well, gently plodding around the garden, would also oblige by fortunately doing her business outside with only the occasional accident indoors! We kept in contact with Justin throughout, giving regular updates on how Candy was doing during her foster stay, which Justin found reassuring and helped him to feel at ease.

Sadly, in the Spring Candy’s health deteriorated suddenly. Justin was still in hospital, but naturally wanted to be with his beloved dog for what might be her last visit to the vets. The hospital agreed Justin could go to be with Candy, a kind friend drove him to the vets to meet with Rachael and say goodbye to Candy - the love of his life.


“The service you have provided has been fantastic. I cannot praise you enough. PAPAS is a wonderful life-line to dog owners who fall ill. Long may it reign.“

“Thank you again for all your help, PAPAS is a wonderful and very much needed organisation, I don't know what I would have done without you.”

"Thank you so much for finding these wonderful people to kindly look after my Lola, I know she is in safe hands and will be well looked after. I am very grateful to these wonderful people for making my hospital stay less anxious."
Help with pets during a period of illness.